First, Teeuwen must find a building slated for demolition and obtain approval to enter and alter it. Then the fun begins. With a help of a contractor and a team of technical assistants, she methodically converts the crumbling space into a three-dimensional collage. Chunky debris from a felled concrete floor or wooden wall might become the building blocks for a two-story-tall totemic sculpture; Teeuwen might construct a new façade that resembles a minimalist painting more than it does an architectural feature.
The large-scale photographs of her architectural experiments operate like shrines to the installations Teeuwen has completed, which also honor the buildings they’re constructed from. More compellingly, though, they symbolize memories—those slippery, malleable thoughts that we attempt to organize and reconstruct just as Teeuwen does the detritus of buildings.
Teeuwen, who is in her sixties and was born and raised in the Netherlands, has been interested in the intersection of art and the built environment since her college days, at the Academy of Fine Arts in Tilburg and the Academy of Fine Arts and Design St. Joost, in Breda. There, she studied a mix of architecture, installation, and painting, learnings which she’s folded together over her career.